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Food-safety class to be held Nov. 1 and 2 A ServSafe course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 in San Juan Basin Health Department’s training room, 281 Sawyer Drive. The cost is...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Organ donations = free funerals?

LONDON – Offering free funerals to people who donate kidneys, livers and other organs could help boost donation rates, an influential British medical ethics group says.In a set of recommendations...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Eastern medicine meets Southwest

A number of practitioners of Eastern medicine in Durango are offering free or fee-based classes and treatments to acquaint the public with their expertise on National Acupuncture and Oriental...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Black Death gone, but left mark

WASHINGTON – Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the Black Death, one of history’s worst plagues, and found that its modern day bacterial descendants haven’t changed much over 600...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Medicare deadlines pushed forward

For 630,000 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare, it’s time to make decisions. The period for open enrollment has been moved up this year. Instead of the usual Dec. 31 deadline, the enrollment period...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Prostate tests not always satisfying

Terry Dyroff’s Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test led to a prostate biopsy that didn’t find cancer but gave him a life-threatening infection.In the emergency room several days later, “I didn’t...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Radon poster contest for available students The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a radon poster contest for students ages 9 to 14. Members of a sponsoring club, such as a Scouting...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Pancreatic cancer among deadliest

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously lethal – there are almost as many deaths from it each year as there are new cases. The deaths this week of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Nobelist Ralph Steinman...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

A pink lid does a body good

Chelsea McSparren is gone, but she hasn’t forgotten.McSparren, who last year as a Durango High School senior spearheaded a drive to collect pink lids from Yoplait yogurt to raise funds for breast...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Some parents snub vaccine advice

CHICAGO – By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

69M must travel farther to nearest trauma center

WASHINGTON – One hour can spell the difference between life and death for victims of severe injury, but about a quarter of Americans now have to travel farther to reach the nearest hospital trauma...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Worst hospitals at high risk

CHICAGO – The nation’s worst hospitals treat twice the proportion of elderly black patients and poor patients than the best hospitals, and their patients are more likely to die of heart attacks and...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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